Montel Williams is getting his own national radio show through a multi-year deal with Air America Radio. The program, Montel Across America, is slated to debut weekdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.
Williams' new show will take the time period currently occupied by The Lionel Show. A new show hosted by Lionel (aka, Michael Lebron) is currently in development.
In the early stages of marketing the show to stations, AAM declined to name any clearances.
"There's a strong amount of interest," said Bill Hess, senior vp of programming for AAM.
For 17 years, Williams was host and executive producer of The Montel Williams Show, one of the longest running daytime Talk shows in TV. He is currently launching a multimedia business based on his "Living Well with Montel" brand. He's also published eight best-selling books.
"After being on television for more than 17 years, I'm looking forward to engaging in lively conversations and interacting with the American public," Williams said.
This latest addition to AAM's lineup follows the progressive network's news earlier this week that it created a syndication division for programming that is outside its progressive network line up. Beginning March 22, AAM Syndication will open its doors with syndication rights for the weekly radio show, Newsweek On-Air, formerly affiliated with Dial-Global.